Holidays to Madeira

Madeira’s natural beauty is its major attraction. The Laurisilva Forest is a National Park, and it is the largest evergreen forest in the world; it has been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Exotic flora and fauna make it a delight for naturalists and those on Madeira holidays who just love walking in a stunning landscape. If you want more of a challenge, the rugged mountains offer fine walks and stimulating climbs.

The natural beauty reaches down on to the fine beaches to be found all around the main island. The waters of the Atlantic are ideal for sailing, water skiing, jet skiing and parasailing. If you prefer a more leisurely interaction with the ocean on your holiday in Madeira there are a number of cruises that let you enjoy the sea air, put up your feet and enjoy the surroundings.

You can also take in the wonders of the natural world with a bird’s eye view from a cable car or helicopter; the vivid blue ocean, the verdant green of the forest and the craggy mountain peaks are displayed in all their splendour.

The tropical climate makes Madeira a fertile place and the gardens of the island are an excellent example of that fertility. The Botanical Gardens are the most famous attraction for visitors on holidays to Madeira. Covering 80,000 square metres, the gardens are packed with exotic plants and tropical birds. There is also a Natural History Museum on the grounds

The Monte Palace Tropical Gardens and Parque Municipal do Monte are other fine gardens with their own attractions.

If you are looking for more cultural pursuits, Madeira has a large number of museums. From the Contemporary Art Museum to the Museum of Electricity to the Embroidery Museum, there is plenty to choose from.

As you would expect on a fertile island, the local produce is both abundant and varied. The seas around the island are packed with fantastic seafood such as tuna, shrimp, octopus and black scabbard fish. Fresh tropical fruit such as mangos, bananas, avocados and passion fruit grow on the islands. Cakes and pastries are also a speciality of the archipelago. All of this fantastic produce means that you will never struggle to find excellent dining on Madeira.

Madeira is in a quiet part of the world but that doesn’t mean that it has no nightlife. There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy a relaxing drink during the week and there are livelier clubs and discotheques at the weekend.

Individuals who are looking for a holiday on an island of outstanding natural beauty, an island that welcomes visitors with fine food, great hospitality and where they can be as easy going or as active as they wish, will find holidays to Madeira to be the perfect choice.


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